In Africa, the bird friendly gardens are championed by interested individuals who come together through various forms. This could be in the form of nature conservation clubs, wildlife clubs, and site support group, tree planting foundations that volunteer or receive donations for trees or propagate plants/trees for greening purposes.
Why? Simply because many birds, especially urban birds have found ways to live together with people, as long as they are tolerated and not hunted by people and their pets. To help birds and observe them at close range, you can start with a bird bath which is very simple and with not much cost involved.
Made by pouring melted fat (suet or lard) on to a mixture of ingredients such as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, cheese and cake. Use about one-third fat to two-thirds mixture. Stir well in a bowl and turn onto the birdtable when solid. An empty coconut shell makes an ideal bird cake “feeder”.
Fresh coconut in the shell is very popular with tits. Rinse out any residues of the sweet coconut water (“milk”) from the middle of the coconut before hanging it out to prevent the build-up of mildew. Desiccated coconut is unsuitable as bird food.
The Spring Alive Instant Photo Contest part II on Flickr, begins this Sunday (18th October). To participate you have to register your bird observation on the Spring Alive website and submit your self-made photo of a group of children while making a garden, park or school ground bird-friendly on Flickr.
Propriety mixtures are already widely available for wild birds and many of them you can order online. Different mixes haves have been formulated for feeders and table/ground feeding. The better mixtures contain plenty of flaked maize, sunflowers seeds and broken peanuts. If a mix contains whole peanuts, please use it only in winter. Small seeds, such as millet, attract mostly house sparrows, dunnocks, finches, reed buntings and collared doves while flaked maize is taken readily by blackbirds and dunnocks.
The value of winter feeding (in Europe and Central Asia) has been known for a long time, but in recent years it has become apparent that many birds are struggling to survive during the breeding season because of fluctuations in weather, the effects of intensive farming and greater tidiness in gardens and all built-up areas in general. By feeding wild birds all year round, we are giving them a better chance to survive periods of food shortage whenever they may occur.?xml:namespace>
Migratory birds have already started arriving in Africa after their epic migrations from Europe and Asia. Nature is getting ready for their arrival; are you?
Nature is providing things that birds will need: budding leaves and fruits; taking insects to the air; trickling water. Millions of birds fly enormous distances every year to feed in Africa and escape the cold winter, and they need your support too.